commandline - set or get the current command line buffer¶
commandline [OPTIONS] [CMD]
commandline can be used to set or get the current contents of the command line buffer.
With no parameters,
commandline returns the current value of the command line.
With CMD specified, the command line buffer is erased and replaced with the contents of CMD.
The following options are available:
- -C or --cursor
Set or get the current cursor position, not the contents of the buffer. If no argument is given, the current cursor position is printed, otherwise the argument is interpreted as the new cursor position. If one of the options -j, -p or -t is given, the position is relative to the respective substring instead of the entire command line buffer.
- -f or --function
Causes any additional arguments to be interpreted as input functions, and puts them into the queue, so that they will be read before any additional actual key presses are. This option cannot be combined with any other option. See bind for a list of input functions.
- -h or --help
Displays help about using this command.
The following options change the way
commandline updates the command line buffer:
- -a or --append
Do not remove the current commandline, append the specified string at the end of it.
- -i or --insert
Do not remove the current commandline, insert the specified string at the current cursor position
- -r or --replace
Remove the current commandline and replace it with the specified string (default)
The following options change what part of the commandline is printed or updated:
- -b or --current-buffer
Select the entire commandline, not including any displayed autosuggestion (default).
- -j or --current-job
Select the current job - a job here is one pipeline. Stops at logical operators or terminators (;, &, and newlines).
- -p or --current-process
Select the current process - a process here is one command. Stops at logical operators, terminators, and pipes.
- -s or --current-selection
Selects the current selection
- -t or --current-token
Selects the current token
The following options change the way
commandline prints the current commandline buffer:
- -c or --cut-at-cursor
Only print selection up until the current cursor position.
- -o or --tokenize
Tokenize the selection and print one string-type token per line.
commandline is called during a call to complete a given string using
complete -C STRING,
commandline will consider the specified string to be the current contents of the command line.
The following options output metadata about the commandline state:
- -L or --line
Print the line that the cursor is on, with the topmost line starting at 1.
- -S or --search-mode
Evaluates to true if the commandline is performing a history search.
- -P or --paging-mode
Evaluates to true if the commandline is showing pager contents, such as tab completions.
Evaluates to true if the commandline is showing pager contents, such as tab completions and all lines are shown (no “<n> more rows” message).
Returns true when the commandline is syntactically valid and complete. If it is, it would be executed when the
executebind function is called. If the commandline is incomplete, return 2, if erroneus, return 1.
commandline -j $history replaces the job under the cursor with the third item from the command line history.
If the commandline contains
>_ echo $flounder >&2 | less; and echo $catfish
(with the cursor on the “o” of “flounder”)
echo $flounder >& is the first process,
less the second and
and echo $catfish the third.
echo $flounder >&2 | less is the first job,
and echo $catfish the second.
$flounder is the current token.
>_ commandline -t $flounder >_ commandline -ct $fl >_ commandline -b # or just commandline echo $flounder >&2 | less; and echo $catfish >_ commandline -p echo $flounder >&2 >_ commandline -j echo $flounder >&2 | less